Girl Band release animal-themed video for ‘Paul’ – watch

Subversive Dubliners get weird in seven-minute monster

Dublin noise-merchants Girl Band have released a video for their new single ‘Paul’, fusing furry animals from children’s TV shows with some playful real-life scenarios.

In the seven-minute video, the band film from inside animal suits, show their video in a retirement home and give us a glance at what a cartoon rooster gets up to during the hours of darkness.

Frontman Dara Kiely recently told NME how the upcoming album ‘Holding Hands With Jamie’ deals with his depression, having been written “in the grips of paranoia.”

“It’s a weirdly personal album, even though it’s not obvious,” Kiely told Gary Ryan. “I had a messy break-up which led to a psychotic episode and a breakdown where I had to take a year off college and get better. And just went through depression and thought I couldn’t write again. It took me a year to feel good within myself again.”

The album follows previous EP ‘France 98’ and a string of limited-edition releases, including a limited Record Store Day release ‘The Cha Cha Cha’, which was sold in a wooden box, and 300-copy seven-inch record ‘Lawman’. Like previous releases, the album was recorded ‘as live’ and features tracks that have been gigged extensively prior to release.

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Newly signed to Rough Trade, the Irish act are counting down to the release of their album ‘Holding Hands With Jamie’, due on September 25.

They have an extensive European tour planned around the release of the album, including dates in Brighton Patterns (November 3), Manchester Soup Kitchen (4) and Leeds Nation Of Shopkeepers (5).